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  • UK exit from EU would be ‘disaster’: Schäuble (German finance minister; wants UK to join euro)

    10/07/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 07 Oct 2015 08:08 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday that he wanted to do everything possible to keep Britain from leaving the European Union, adding that it would be a disaster for both the British and Europeans. “I hope that we can convince (the) UK… (to) stay in the EU, because a Brexit would be a disaster for the UK and for Europeans,” Schäuble said during a discussion with students at Sciences Po university in Paris. Schäuble also said that he hoped Britain would join the euro in the coming years. …
  • Four-fifths of Germans want border controls

    10/06/2015 5:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 06 Oct 2015 09:15 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Four-fifths of respondents told pollsters that they were in favor of border controls in a new survey released on Monday. The poll, conducted by Initiative Markt- und Sozialforschung (Initiative for Market and Social Research) shows a big turnaround in opinion on the migrant crisis in recent weeks. Well over half—59 percent—of respondents thought Chancellor Angela Merkel had been wrong to allow Syrian refugees to travel unhindered to Germany from Hungary. …
  • Germany Segregating Christians As Migrant Violence Escalates

    10/01/2015 9:39:48 AM PDT · by · 34 replies
    Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under threat,fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within migrant population enforce Sharia law. The situation is so bad Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East. [excerpt] “In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have arrested my brother in a house church. I fled the Iranian intelligence, because I thought in Germany I can finally live freely,” says Said, a Christian who fled persecution. “But I can not openly admit that I am a Christian. I will be threatened. “We must rid ourselves...
  • Paris calls public school map showing Israel as ‘Palestine’ a ‘production error’

    10/01/2015 8:24:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 29, 2015 8:42am
    Responding to parents who complained about the distribution at public schools of a map which labeled Israel as “Palestine,” the City of Paris said it was the result of “a simple production error.” The city’s media department gave the explanation in a statement it published Friday about the distribution earlier this year to elementary school pupils of a calendar that contains a map of Europe and parts of the Middle East. The map, which ends north of central Israel and the West Bank, designates the territory of Israel included in it as “Palestine,” alongside Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In...
  • How European Social-Democrats support Palestinian Murderers

    09/30/2015 11:39:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:26 PM | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour party the anti-Israeli incitement by European social democrats has crossed a new red line. Corbyn is not just another pro-Palestinian. Several years ago, he called a Hamas and Hezbollah delegation “his friends,” despite the fact that both organizations promote genocide of the Jews. Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister of the Islamo-Nazi movement Hamas, praised Corbyn at the beginning of September, describing him as “a man of conscience.” Corbyn is open about where he stands by calling such criminals his friends. Many other European social democrats support crime-promoting Palestinians...
  • Why the EU’s refugee crisis? ‘Lack of central authority’

    09/29/2015 2:44:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 23, 2015 8:36 AM EDT | John-Thor Dahlburg
    The European Union has no border patrol. It’s one of the many ways in which the bloc lacks power, with its member countries jealously guarding their sovereign prerogative to enact their own laws about defense, police and coast guard. This vacuum of authority, and the failure of EU policy-makers to anticipate how events in faraway Libya or Syria might trigger the flood of refugees now swamping Europe, are some of the reasons the group of 28 European nations originally founded as a common market has failed to deal more firmly and effectively with what has mushroomed into a major humanitarian...
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s top team encouraged street riots

    09/27/2015 2:25:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:27PM BST 26 Sep 2015 | Andrew Gilligan
    Key members of Jeremy Corbyn’s team have actively supported “insurrection” and rioting against the police, a Telegraph investigation has found. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, Andrew Fisher, Mr. Corbyn’s new political adviser, and John Ross, a close ally and economic expert, have all condoned or justified violence. A trawl by this newspaper of archives, reports and internet postings shows how Mr. Corbyn’s inner circle has frequently supported civil unrest and even praised violent demonstrators—including in one case a hooligan jailed for hurling a fire extinguisher at police from the top of a building. …
  • Pope praises Iran nuclear deal as 'proof of political good will' in UN address

    09/25/2015 9:23:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 94 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Sep. 25, 2015 | 05:41 PM
    UNITED NATIONS: Pope Francis on Friday threw his support behind Iran's accord with major powers as he backed a goal of global abolition of nuclear weapons. The Iran agreement "is proof of the potential of political goodwill, exercised with sincerity, patience and constancy," Francis said in an address to the United Nations. "I express my hope that this agreement will be lasting and efficacious, and bring forth the desired fruits with the cooperation of all the parties involved," he said. Francis made his remarks a day after a friendly welcome at the U.S. Congress, where many Republican lawmakers have vehemently...
  • France Tells Hungary: Back Migrant Quotas Or Quit EU

    09/26/2015 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sep 25, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    As Hungarians continue to resist EU-imposed quotas on how many migrants they should accept, French President François Hollande told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban: “States that don’t respect European values should ask if they belong within the EU,” according to The Times.
  • UK Museum Calls Jews Who Fought Nazi Germany ‘Terrorists’

    09/24/2015 8:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2015, 12:37 PM | Ari Soffer
    London’s Imperial War Museum has removed an offensive exhibit branding Jewish soldiers who fought the Nazis during World War Two as “terrorists.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center lodged its own formal complaint with the Museum following widespread outrage, after it was revealed that a display on the Jewish Brigade of the British Army was described as “terrorist activities.” A poster of Jewish warriors was captioned: “Terrorist activities: Men of the First Battalion Jewish Brigade during a march past”; adding, “The Jewish Brigade was formed in September 1944 and fought in Italy under the British Eighth Army. Many of its members went...
  • Orban blasts Merkel over ‘moral imperialism’

    09/23/2015 11:29:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 23 Sep 2015 15:57 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday rejected what he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “moral imperialism” as he outlined his own rival plan to tackle Europe’s migrant crisis. When asked what he expected from Merkel while Europe grapples with an influx of asylum-seekers, the hardline leader grinned: “I have a long list.” Orban accused Merkel of trying to impose her vision of an open EU on the rest of the bloc. “The most important thing is that there should be no moral imperialism,” he said during a visit to the southern German state of Bavaria. […] Orban’s appearance at...
  • Merkel ‘expects Cameron to back EU army’ in exchange for renegotiation

    09/21/2015 1:21:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:19PM BST 12 Sep 2015 | Peter Foster and Matthew Holehouse
    Angela Merkel will expect David Cameron to drop his opposition to an EU army in exchange for supporting Britain’s renegotiation, the Telegraph has been told. The German chancellor will ask Britain to stand aside as she promotes an ambitious blueprint to integrate continental Europe’s armed forces. It comes as Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said Britain will get a deal if it gives the green light to a raft of powerful new EU institutions. A Berlin source said agreeing not to “block” Merkel’s defense plans is a “favor” that she would seek from Mr Cameron as he looks...
  • Kenny plans to cut tax for low-middle earners below 50% (Ireland PM)

    09/19/2015 10:00:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 20:15 | Mark Hilliard
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government will cut taxes to bring the overall rate for low and middle income earners below the 50 percent threshold. Outlining a broad approach to taxation reform, Mr. Kenny said the current 51 percent rate is penal and “bad for recovery”. […] “I am committing this evening that as part of the upcoming general election campaign, that Fine Gael will publish a detailed, fully costed five-year economic plan,” he said. […] Mr. Kenny also committed to “protect and further” Ireland’s often controversial corporate tax regime as well as publishing a “comprehensive multi-year capital plan...
  • Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

    09/19/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 12:26 PM EDT | Yuras Karmanau
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus—a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy. […] Belarus is a desirable location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. …
  • Spain’s conservative ruling party leaders attend gay wedding

    09/19/2015 2:19:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 2:53 PM EDT | Harold Heckle
    The top brass of Spain’s ruling conservative Popular Party including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have attended the same-sex marriage of their deputy secretary-general, giving tacit approval to a law they once bitterly opposed. Javier Maroto exchanged vows with Josema Rodriguez late Friday at a ceremony in the northern city of Vitoria attended by Rajoy, secretary-general Maria Dolores Cospedal and other party dignitaries, the party said in a statement. “In Spain, the right to marriage is for everyone and we all share that message today,” Maroto said afterward. “Parties evolve,” he added. “Now my party and the government join in backing...
  • Europe's aging economies stand to gain from influx of people

    09/19/2015 2:16:14 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 85 replies
    Myway ^ | Sep 19, 3:29 AM (ET) | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and BERNARD CONDON
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The greatest influx of people into Europe in decades is not just a humanitarian emergency, but also a potential stroke of luck for many countries facing the economic threat of an aging population. A plunge in birth rates means there will be a dearth of European workers in coming years to support the growing number of retirees. So the arrival of thousands of young — and often well-educated — potential workers stands to boost the long-term economic prospects of the region. ................ However, refugees, if well integrated, ultimately have a positive impact on the economy, Dumont said....
  • Migrant crisis: Croatia closes border crossings with Serbia

    09/17/2015 10:34:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9-18-2015 | BBC
    More news from the Obama created "immigration Crisis"/ Muslim Invasion of Europe. Croatia has closed seven of its eight road border crossings with Serbia following a huge influx of migrants. Officials in Zagreb said they had no choice after more than 10,000 people entered the country a day after Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia. Meanwhile, Slovenia said it had stopped a group of migrants on a train and would return them to Croatia. Huge numbers of people heading north from the Mediterranean have created a political crisis in the European Union. Croatian officials said roads leading to the...
  • Why Aren’t Palestinians Joining The Rush To Europe?

    09/16/2015 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:07 AM | Jack Engelhard
    … If these particular Arabs are so unhappy about living among Jews that it drives them crazy enough to commit such frequent acts of random bloodshed, why stay? Logic assumes that they’d be happier among their brothers—in Syria, for example. No wait. The Syrians are leaving in droves. They’re not happy among their fellow Syrians. Same for Iraq, Yemen, Libya and a dozen other such places where Arabs can’t live in harmony with Arabs, never mind Jews. Arabs are miserable living with Jews. Arabs are miserable living with Arabs. Do we have this straight? Seems so, even if we are...
  • Taoiseach: ISIS ‘want to blow up Newgrange’, we must allow refugees in Ireland

    09/15/2015 2:38:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Tuesday, September 08, 2015 02:14 PM
    The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says refugees must be allowed to seek asylum in Ireland to escape ISIS, who he says want to “blow up Newgrange”. Mr. Kenny says the County Meath monument, and the Rock of Cashel, would be offensive to Islamic State jihadists. He has also tried to play down reports of a Coalition rift about the number of refugees Ireland can accept—with a special Cabinet meeting penciled in for Thursday to discuss the issue.
  • Father of the euro fears EU superstate by the back door

    09/13/2015 9:35:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:59PM BST 06 Sep 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The euro’s founding father has warned that Europe’s latest plan for an EMU-wide finance ministry is a dangerous attempt to smuggle through political union, and breaches the basic tenets of modern democracy. Professor Otmar Issing, the chief architect of monetary union through its early years, said it would be “dangerous” to transfer control over tax and spending to the EU federal level before full political union has been established first on democratic foundations. Such a quantum leap in the constitutional structure of Europe—effectively the creation of an EU superstate, with a parliament comparable in power to the US Congress—is unthinkable...
  • Is Germany now a nation of couch potatoes?

    09/11/2015 12:28:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 27 Aug 2015 17:15 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    A new study shows that Germans’ best-loved activity is sitting in front of the idiot box—and when they’re not doing that, they’re probably slumped in front of a computer. The study carried out by British American Tobacco seems to show that—despite recent protestations that they’re the industrious Europeans—modern Germans are among of the biggest layabouts in human history. Only three percent of the 2,000 people surveyed said that they don’t regularly sit in front of the telly, making it by far Germany’s most popular pastime. On the other hand more virtuous, traditional German pastimes like camping, joining a club—or even...
  • European Parliament Sees No Need for Jewish State? (endorses “Palestine” one-state solution)

    09/10/2015 11:01:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 9/10/2015, 7:37 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on the EU’s Role in the Middle East Peace Process Thursday, but rejected an amendment calling for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to be based on the two-state principle. The amendment was rejected 421 to 134 with 59 abstentions, in what critics see as an expression of the EP’s reluctance to accept Israel’s very right to exist.Martina Anderson, a Member of the European Parliament, in an intervention just before the vote, warned that support for the amendment would pave the way for “ethnic cleansing” of the non-Jewish population. The American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute said following...
  • Ireland likely to face censure over Apple tax (EUSSR attacks)

    09/09/2015 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Tue, Sep 8, 2015, 13:07
    Ireland will probably face censure from European authorities within months in relation to its tax dealings with Apple, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. A finding against Ireland will spark a legal battle that may last years, as the government is ready to fight the decision in the European Union Court of Justice, it’s understood. In preliminary findings last year, European antitrust authorities said Apple’s tax arrangements were improperly designed to give the iPhone maker a financial boost in exchange for jobs in the country. Apple said in 2013 it had paid an effective tax rate of...
  • Greek Island Turns Into War Zone as Syrian and Afghan Migrants Clash

    The Greek island of Lesbos has been turned into a war zone by rioting migrants, leaving the island’s 85,000 residents in despair. Around 25,000 migrants are currently camped out on the island with hundreds more arriving daily, leading to frequent violent clashes and rioting despite their claim to be fleeing violence. Located just 6 miles from the Turkish shore, the migrants come over in inflatable boats which they cut up on arrival to prevent being turned back, expecting to be able to quickly travel on by ferry to mainland Europe, German station RTL has reported. Instead, they are being held...
  • David Cameron reveals Islamic State plot to kill the Queen, royals

    09/07/2015 7:00:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 68 replies ^ | 8th September 2015
    BRITISH forces launched a drone strike in Syria to kill three Islamic State terrorists who had plotted to kill the Queen and other members of the royal family by detonating a huge bomb at the country’s VJ Day celebration, Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed. “There was a terrorist directing murder on our streets and no other means to stop them,” Mr Cameron said about the lethal Aug. 21 drone attack — the first UK military action in the Syrian civil war. Two of the cutthroats were Britons, he said, who had helped hatch the twisted scheme to assassinate Queen...
  • State to formally recognize people’s preferred gender (Ireland)

    09/06/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    RTE News ^ | Friday 04 September 2015 07.17
    Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has announced that she has signed the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015. It will enable transgender people to be formally recognized in their preferred gender for all purposes by the State for the first time. The Tánaiste said that from next Tuesday, it will be open to any transgender person to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate and subsequently to obtain a new birth certificate that reflects their preferred gender. …
  • Putin blames US for migrant crisis in Europe

    09/06/2015 12:54:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/04/2015 | Emma Burrows
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday blamed the migrant crisis in Europe on the United States for imposing its own standards on countries in the Middle East and Africa while failing to understand their culture and traditions. In the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, Putin told the media that it was an “absolutely expected crisis.” “We in Russia, and your humble servant, said several years ago that there would be massive problems if our so-called Western partners carry out what I have always called an ‘incorrect’ foreign policy, especially in the regions of the Muslim world, in the Middle...
  • Jim Messina: Obama Insider To Help Social Democrats Challenge Merkel (fixing German elections)

    09/04/2015 9:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2015 – 01:13 AM | Veit Medick
    If you ask around about Jim Messina in Washington, you will get an extremely wide range of reactions. Some believe he is brilliant; others think he’s ruthless. But there is one impression that everyone seems to share: “Jim is not afraid of anyone.” That isn’t a bad prerequisite for Messina’s next job. The 45-year-old Democrat, who organized Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and this year orchestrated British Prime Minister David Cameron’s spectacular, nail-biting win, is now getting into German politics. Messina has agreed to a consulting job in Berlin: He wants to help the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) beat...
  • European Central Bank ready to give eurozone more stimulus

    09/03/2015 7:56:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2015 10:47 AM EDT | David McHugh and Pan Pylas
    The European Central Bank is ready to give the eurozone economy a bigger dose of stimulus if turmoil in China and weaker global growth hurt its modest recovery, President Mario Draghi said Thursday. Market volatility, concern over the effects of a looming interest rate increase in the U.S. and a drop oil prices have spawned uncertainty over the global economy, leading the ECB to cut its inflation and growth forecasts for the eurozone. Draghi said the ECB can add to its €1.1 trillion ($1.2 trillion) program if needed to raise inflation or support growth. […] The stimulus is intended to...
  • Islamist vigilantes face trial for ‘Sharia police’ (Wuppertal, Germany)

    09/02/2015 8:48:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 02 Sep 2015 15:20 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    State prosecutors in the Ruhr city of Wuppertal said on Tuesday that they have brought charges against notorious Islamic fundamentalist Sven Lau, who was behind a short-lived “Sharia police” vigilante force in the city. Lau, 34, is accused—with nine others—of infractions against the law on freedom of assembly over the group of high-vis-vest-wearing Islamists who declared that they would patrol the streets to police morals last September. […] “Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre said at the time. The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is widely regarded as a hotspot for fundamentalist...
  • Merkel ‘Disappointed’ by Iran’s Attitude Towards Israel

    09/01/2015 6:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 9/1/2015, 6:45 AM | Ben Ariel
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that her country would welcome Iran’s participation in negotiations aimed at ending the civil war in Syria, but also criticized the Islamic Republic for its comments against Israel. […] Previously, most Western powers were reluctant to see Iran have any role in diplomacy over the Syrian crisis, as Tehran is the strongest supporter of President Bashar Al-Assad and has provided him with financial and military support. At the same time, Merkel added that Iran’s opposition to Israel needed to change. “It is not acceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel,” she said,...
  • ANALYSIS - Disappointed Sarkozy shifts gaze from Washington

    10/23/2009 2:39:40 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 25 replies · 1,567+ views ^ | Fri Oct 23, 2009 | Crispian Balmer
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly. Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France's international influence. He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his...
  • ‘No limit to refugees Germany can take in’

    08/31/2015 4:42:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies ^ | 31 Aug 2015 10:34 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s top official dealing with refugees said on Monday that there was “no upper limit” to Germany’s capacity for taking in people in need of asylum. The comments from Manfred Schmidt, head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) are certain to provoke anger in some quarters of the political spectrum. Schmidt told Der Spiegel he was “convinced” that Germany and its citizens were prepared for the task that is entailed by taking so many people into the country. …
  • Tiny EU task force set up to counter Russian propaganda

    08/30/2015 3:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 28 Aug 2015 - 08:51 | Georgi Gotev
    A small group of eight officials in the European External Action Service will engage in efforts to respond to massive Russian propaganda directed both at the home and international audiences. European Commission spokesperson Catherine Ray confirmed yesterday (27 August) that the group will start work from 1 September. Eight people will initially make up the task force, officials said. No budget has been allocated and several of the task force members are detached national experts, paid by their countries. Meeting on 19-20 March, EU leaders gave High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini three months to work out how to...
  • [Islamic] Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    08/30/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2015 | 7:15 AM EDT | Mark Trevelyan
    The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. The flow has continued unabated through August. Once inside the bloc’s borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals—many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over...
  • From the Fire of Ukraine’s Civil War—A New Jewish Shtetl?

    08/30/2015 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2015, 3:51 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Anatevka is coming to life once again: a quickly-built neighborhood for thousands of Jewish refugees of the raging Ukrainian war. The past 16 months of armed conflict between Russian-supported self-declared republics and the Ukrainian government has wrought havoc in the country. The warfare thus far has cost 6,200 casualties, and no fewer than 1.2 million homeless refugees. The new “Anatevka” is being built outside Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev, as a private initiative of Ukraine’s Jewish Community and its Rabbi, Moshe Asman. …
  • Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close

    08/28/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close in Just Six Months { Full title ]. New European Union tax rules introduced in January have already driven thousands of small companies out of business, with thousands more set to follow as awareness of the change in the VAT law grows. Research has shown that incompetence on the part of collecting agencies has further added misery to the situation. After an eight-year consultation which excluded the voices of micro-businesses, the EU introduced new rules on VAT returns at the beginning of this year, which required...
  • Surpise: EU carbon credit scheme was used to generate cash with no carbon reductions

    08/25/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    h ^ | 08/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The European carbon credit program, developed in conjunction with the United Nations, is working out just fabulously. Well… it’s at least working out fabulously for a few people. Similar to programs being developed here in the United States by climate warriors, it offers “flexibility” to various countries so it can be tailored to their individual needs. For example, if you are able to make big cuts in your carbon emissions, you get a lot of these “credits” applied to you. If there are other countries who are a bit fatter with cash but can’t manage the changes required to...
  • People Are Rioting Against The Arrival Of Refugees In Eastern Germany

    08/22/2015 9:17:05 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI ^ | 8-22-2015 | Reuters
    Reuters August 22, 2015 BERLIN (Reuters) - At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of Saturday, police said. In one of the country's biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation. The outbreak of violence by right-wing radicals followed a peaceful demonstration of some 1,000 people against the roughly 250...
  • The Latest: French official confirms ID of train attacker

    08/22/2015 12:47:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 22, 2015 3:06 PM EDT
    A French official close to the investigation says police have positively identified the train gunman as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said earlier Saturday that Spanish authorities had alerted French intelligence to him in February 2014 because he “belonged to the radical Islamist movement,” and the French put him on a security watch list. El-Khazzani was identified through his fingerprints, according to the official, who insisted on not being identified by name because of the ongoing probe. …
  • Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign

    08/21/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 21, 2015g | Nigel Farage
    Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign When the referendum comes, the British people will finally have their chance to reject these open borders by saying No to the European Union By Nigel Farage 21 Aug 2015 The results of Ipsos-MORI’s new poll are astounding - yet unsurprising. They describe the real concern that the majority of British people have for uncontrolled immigration: half of the respondents rank it as one of their biggest worries, compared with just over a quarter who said their greatest fear was the economy. It is particularly interesting that this concern...
  • Gunman 'injures three after firing Kalashnikov' on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest

    08/21/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15 | James Rothwell
    A man has been arrested after firing a Kalashnikov rifle on board an Amsterdam-Paris train, according to French media. Le Parisien reports that a Briton and an American are "seriously" wounded. A third person, the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, was also wounded and is said to have raised the alarm. La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the weapon on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras. Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister,...
  • Prosecutors launch case against CIA double agent (Germany)

    08/20/2015 10:56:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 20 Aug 2015 16:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Federal prosecutors have brought charges against a former worker at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency who is suspected of passing information to American spies. The 32-year-old former Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) worker is accused of treason, infringing official secrets and corruption after passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in exchange for cash. […] The alleged spy joined the BND in 2007 and worked for the CIA from 2008, they said. He passed documents and confidential internal information about the work and personnel of the BND to his American handlers in exchange for payments totaling €95,000. A search of the accused’s computer...
  • Merkel says migrants bigger challenge for EU than debt crisis

    08/18/2015 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 17 August 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel today condemned a surge in German attacks on refugee shelters and warned that the issue of asylum could become a bigger challenge for the European Union than the Greek debt crisis. Asked about more than 200 arson attacks against homes for asylum-seekers seen in Germany this year as the country faces a record influx of refugees, Merkel said: "That is unworthy of our country." Merkel warned that waves of refugees would "preoccupy Europe much, much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the euro". "The issue of asylum could be the next major European...
  • Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN

    08/18/2015 7:05:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 18 Aug 2015 11:51 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece. […] On Tuesday, business daily Handelsblatt reported that the federal government would release forecasts on Wednesday showing that it expects as many as 750,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year—an increase of two-thirds over the previous official estimate of 450,000. Sweden may take up to 74,000 asylum seekers this year, and took 13 percent of the European total in...
  • Ireland now at greater risk of ‘lone wolf’ radical attack than from sectarian terror (i.e. Islam)

    08/13/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | August 12, 2015 01:05 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Irish security services have confirmed that they feel there is a much greater risk of a “lone wolf” terror attack by radical Muslims than from so-called “dissident” republicans. Sources told the Sunday Independent that they believe the radicalization of young Muslims in Ireland to be a more serious issue than those using the title of “dissident” republicans, whom they now believe are using such names to hide their criminal activities. […] Although there have been only two known arrests made in Ireland this year of those suspected of being radical Islamists, one Irish and one Eastern European, Defense Minister Simon...
  • Russia and NATO rehearsing for war, report says

    08/13/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12 Aug 2015, 09:17 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian and NATO drills indicate they are “preparing for a possible confrontation”, in a political climate which risks accidental war, a British think tank warns. The European Leadership Network (ELN), a London-based NGO, profiled a massive Russian exercise in March and a smaller NATO drill, called Allied Shield, in June. […] With both Russia and NATO using live fire, and with attempts to monitor what the other side is doing leading to “close military encounters” between Russian jets and NATO naval assets, the ELN warns the activities risk making “war in Europe more likely”. “We do not suggest that the...
  • EU accused of ‘intimidating’ whistleblowers

    08/13/2015 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13 Aug 2015 09:12 | Andrew Rettman
    Transparency International, a leading NGO, has accused EU law chiefs in Kosovo of “intimidation” of potential whistleblowers. It spoke out on Tuesday (12 August) on the case of Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor, who used to work for EULEX, the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo—the biggest and most expensive EU operation of its kind. Bamieh, last year, lost her job amid a swirl of corruption allegations against EULEX. She then hired a UK law firm, Bindmans LLP, to hit back at the EU mission at the London Central Employment Tribunal, which is to hold its third hearing on...
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/12/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store.